Luis Ángel González Macchi
|Luis Ángel González Macchi|
|50th President of Paraguay|
March 29, 1999 – August 15, 2003
|Vice President||Julio César Franco|
|Preceded by||Raúl Cubas|
|Succeeded by||Nicanor Duarte|
|Born||December 13, 1947|
|Political party||Colorado Party|
As the president of the Paraguayan Senate, González Macchi was next in line for the presidency on March 23, 1999 following the assassination of Vice President Luis María Argaña. President Raúl Cubas was suspected of being involved, and this combined with other scandals resulted in his impeachment by the Chamber of Deputies on March 24. With Cubas facing almost certain conviction and removal by the Senate, he resigned on March 29, and González Macchi ascended to the presidency.
As president, González Macchi attempted to create a coalition government to spur cooperation within Paraguay and repair the economy which had been damaged by the political crisis. This coalition did not last long, as the Authentic Radical Liberal Party left it in 2000, leaving González Macchi without a majority in the legislature. González Macchi became ever more unpopular as the economy sagged further and found passing legislation difficult because few legislators would vote on bills that he pushed for. There was a coup attempt in 2000 and an impeachment attempt in 2001, though both failed. González Macchi was able to hold on to his presidency until the elections of 2003, which Nicanor Duarte won. He left office on August 15, 2003.
On December 4, 2006, González Macchi was sentenced to eight years in prison for fraud and embezzlement. The sentence was appealed.
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